In keeping with the event’s religious origins, be sure to go out and witness the annual miracle of St. Patrick’s Day, when people turn the beer green instead of the other way around. If you really want to do it up right, book a flight to Newfoundland, where St. Patrick’s Day is an official provincial holiday. Wherever you rejoice or read Joyce, wash it down with some of Ireland’s best.
WHAT : Guinness Draught Rating: NNNN
WHERE : Dublin, Ireland
WHY : If you only drink one Irish drink on March 17, make it this one. Bottle, can or, better yet, a pint in a bar, you can't go wrong with Ireland's number-one export. Get a few of these down your neck and then watch out - you're lord of the dance!
PRICE : 4x440 ml/$11.25
AVAILABILITY : At the Beer Store and most liquor stores (product #296244)
WHAT : Jameson Irish Whiskey
WHERE : Cork, Ireland
WHY : A St. Paddy's without whiskey? Faith and begorra, are you crazy? This worldwide favourite doesn't fool around. Solid whiskey kick followed by biscuity warmth. Perfect for my new drink: Luck of the Irish Ginger Coffey.
PRICE : 750 ml/$27.15 (sale price)
AVAILABILITY : At most liquor stores (product #10157)
Sips and Nips
WHAT : Connemara Peated Single Malt Whiskey Rating: NNNN
WHERE : County Louth, Ireland
WHY : This independent distillery has revived the long-dormant practice of using a smoky peat fire to dry the malted barley. If you wrap your Stiff Little Fingers around its peaty flavour with Undertones of fruity sweetness, U2 will enjoy this premium whiskey.
PRICE : 700 ml/$66.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets (product #27946)